£30m Manchester United target: My respect for Liverpool star, PSG ace an idol

Eliaquim Mangala

Porto's Eliaquim Mangala, linked with Manchester United, has expressed his admiration for PSG's Thiago Silva and Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos.

Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala remains one of the more eligible centre-backs on the transfer market this summer, and is one of the players touted with a switch to Manchester United.

The 23-year-old is currently on international duty with France ahead of the World Cup, and has been discussing his idols ahead of the tournament.

In an interview for L'Equipe, conducted by midfielder Josuha Guilavogui, Mangala named PSG and Real Madrid defenders as those he admires most.

"Thiago Silva and Sergio Ramos. Thiago because he would make my job better. Ramos and because he would be a good addition. I love his aggressiveness, his leadership. Without necessarily copying, you try a little comparison: you look at how they play, how they defend in certain situations, and ask if you would have made ​​the same choice as they."

United fans may not have to worry however and Mangala making a switch to PSG, as thanks to their purchase of David Luiz it's not expected they'll be on the lookout for a new centre-back.

If Mangala really wants to test himself, he already knows a switch to the Premier League is going to be the real challenge. For it is Liverpool's Luis Suarez who he cites as the toughest opponent he has ever faced.

"Luis Suarez last summer when played Uruguay. He is an attacker who has the ability to eliminate you with his movements, his dribbling... He is technical, fast, and in addition he scores. It is not for nothing he was elected best player in the Premier League this season."

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